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Page 1 of 2 2016 AAPM Annual Meeting Recap The 32nd AAPM Annual Meeting took place from February 18-21 in Palm Springs, California. Following are key meeting highlights: Networking Opportunities More than 1,000 attendees took part in invigorating, educational and innovative programs. Attendees included physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, psychologists, pain care team members, researchers, program directors, residents, students and other professionals with an interest in pain medicine. Seven Shared Interest Groups (SIGs) convened including two newly formed SIGs - the Pain Psychology SIG and the Regenerative Medicine SIG. Receptions took place each evening, allowing increased opportunities for national and international attendees to connect and engage with one another. Education from a World-Class Faculty The event’s education was designed to meet a variety of needs for pain medicine specialists, and included tracks for primary care practitioners, interventional pain specialists and DoD/VA clinicians. Nearly 50 educational sessions were presented by 120 high-level and well regarded speakers. Essential Tools for Treating the Patient in Pain™ provided attendees with an overview of the fundamentals of pain medicine as well as an opportunity to identify evidence-based best practices and practical approaches to the multidisciplinary treatment of chronic pain disorders. The program was recorded and its modules will be made available online at AAPM’s website this summer. In the meantime, previously recoded Essentials™ program modules are available for purchase online. Two preconference sessions, including the Ultrasound program and a new program titled Opioid and Non-Opioid Medications Management: Filling the Gaps, Prescribing for the Whole Patient, allowed more than 200 attendees to gain valuable insights. The Medications Management modules will be made available online. AAPM collaborated with the American Headache Society (AHS) to offer a Chronic Migraine Education Program that provided a comprehensive understanding of migraine headache, including how to better diagnose and treat this serious problem. AAPM also collaborated with the North American Neuromodulation Society Page 2 of 2 (NANS) to design a full track of educational programming for interventional and/or neuromodulation techniques in pain management. Attendees were able to earn up to 34.5 credits depending on program attendance. Opportunities to Learn About New Research and Products The Resource Center was filled with more than 100 companies showcasing cutting-edge technology and the latest advancements in pain medicine. The AAPM Passport Program allowed attendees who visited a specific group of exhibitors to leave the meeting with major prizes. Congrats to the winners! Over 150 scientific posters were presented by researchers from across the country and world. See the abstracts here Collaboration and Recognition An Ultrasound preconference was offered in conjunction with the World Academy of Pain Medicine Ultrasonography (WAPMU). AAPM co-sponsored Take Control of Your Pain for pain patients in conjunction with the US Pain Foundation. The Association of Pain Program Directors (APPD) was hosted along with numerous program directors, residents, and students from across the country. Awards were presented to 13 individuals for their support of AAPM and 4 pain medicine fellowship programs within the US who provide an exceptional learning experience. What Attendees Are Saying “I have learned a lot from this meeting and this will change how I practice.” “I gained a new perspective on quality of life and pain management and the importance of good pain assessment and pain control in preventing chronic complications.” “Each speaker was very effective. I really liked the model of following a patient through the course of care.” “Very knowledgeable speakers - I was impressed with the caliber of faculty recruited.” “Excellent talk on new developments in fibromyalgia, a condition that frustrates all primary care physicians.” Save the Date for the 2017 AAPM Annual Meeting, to be held March 16-19 at the BRAND NEW Loews Sapphire Falls Resort in Orlando, Florida.